SATURDAY, DECEMBER 3
SATURDAY, DECEMBER 3
Camping World Stadium, Orlando, Fla.
8:00 p.m. • ABC
MONDAY, DECEMBER 5
7:00 p.m. • HokieVision LIVE
On Senior Day at Lane Stadium, Sam Rogers rushed for a career-high 105 yards and two touchdowns to lead Virginia Tech to a 52-10 trouncing of rival Virginia, helping the Hokies to retain the Commonwealth Cup for the 13th consecutive season. Tech (9-3, 6-2 ACC) closed the regular season by winning five of its final six games en route to claiming the ACC’s Coastal Division crown for the sixth time. Jerod Evans threw two touchdown passes and rushed for a score on a day when Tech rolled up a season-high 579 yards. Tech’s defense held Virginia to 247 yards and forced three turnovers. The Hokies now head to Orlando, Florida, where they will face Clemson in the ACC Championship Game on Saturday. The kickoff is slated for 8 p.m.
Before the opening kickoff the of the Commonwealth Clash between Virginia Tech and Virginia, the Tech athletics department and football program honored a small group of seniors for their contributions to the program. The Hokies only have 13 seniors, including stalwarts like Woody Baron, Augie Conte, Jonathan McLaughlin, Ken Ekanem and Sam Rogers. The group has won 31 games, including two bowl games, the past four years, with two games left to play.
Forrest White’s first goal of the season came at the perfect time for the Virginia Tech men’s soccer team, as White’s game winner in the second overtime propelled Tech past Indiana 2-1 in Bloomington, Indiana on Sunday and into the Elite Eight of the NCAA championships. The Hokies took a 1-0 lead in the first half on a goal by Brendan Moyers, but the Hoosiers tied it on a goal by Grant Lillard in the 77th minute. White, a junior who had played in 34 games in his career entering the game, scored his first goal, which came when he knocked it in off the left post. The Hokies now will travel to Wake Forest on Saturday for a 5 p.m., game against the Demon Deacons and the right to play in the College Cup.
(Football • Senior • Running Back • Mechanicsville, Va.)
Rogers registered his first career 100-yard rushing game when he carried the ball 15 times for 105 yards in the Hokies’ 52-10 win over Virginia last Saturday. He scored his first two rushing touchdowns of the season, and he also caught two passes for 29 yards, leading all players in the game with 134 all-purpose yards. In addition, Rogers became the first player at Tech since Tony Kennedy in 1992 to have a rushing touchdown, a passing touchdown and a receiving touchdown in the same season.
Chanette Hicks scored 24 points to lift the Virginia Tech women’s basketball team to a 67-63 upset of No. 16 Tennessee on Sunday afternoon at Virginia Tech Carilion Court. With the victory, the Hokies remained unbeaten on the season at 6-0 and are off to their best start since the 2005-06 season when they won their first 12 games. Sidney Cook recorded a double-double for Tech with 15 points and 12 rebounds, as the Hokies broke a tie game in the third quarter and never trailed again. Tech looks to continue its winning ways on Thursday when Nebraska comes to Blacksburg as part of the ACC-Big Ten Challenge. Tip-off is slated for 7 p.m.
Zach LeDay scored 19 points and grabbed nine rebounds to lead the Virginia Tech men’s basketball team to a 66-53 victory over Nebraska in the third-place game of the Wooden Legacy tournament played in Anaheim, California over the weekend. The Hokies beat New Mexico 92-72 in the first round, but fell to Texas A&M 68-65 in the second round. LeDay averaged more than 14 points and five rebounds in the three games. The Hokies are now 5-1 on the season and travel to Michigan to take on the Wolverines on Wednesday night at 7 p.m., as part of the ACC-Big Ten Challenge.
Playing in their final matches as Hokies, seniors Amanda McKinzie and Lindsey Owens led the Virginia Tech volleyball team to a 3-2 win (25-22, 25-23, 17-25, 21-25, 15-13) over rival Virginia in Charlottesville, Virginia on Friday. McKinzie recorded 17 kills, giving her more than 1,000 kills for her career, while Owens finished with 16 kills. Carol Raffety had 14 digs, giving her 481 on the season – a new freshman record. The Hokies closed the season with a 13-18 overall record, including an 8-12 mark in ACC action.
After celebrating a 52-10 domination of their in-state rival Virginia and claiming the Commonwealth Cup for the 13th consecutive time, Virginia Tech was presented the ACC Coastal Division championship trophy. The Hokies posed for a team photo with the trophy, celebrating a terrific achievement, but then got right back to work preparing to take on No. 3 Clemson in the ACC Championship Game Saturday night in Orlando.